Its crunch time in this election. If you are a candidate now is the time you should be really hitting the grassroots campaigning really hard.
This means making the campaign for your next job your full-time job.
There are several candidates that are full-timers and several that are part-timers. The incumbents almost have to be part-timers, but the challengers choose to be part-timers. They could take time off or quit their job to run full time if they chose to.
The point I'm making is that if you aren't viewing the campaign as a full time job, don't be surprised if you don't end up getting the job you are seeking.
A few candidates would be much stronger if they put aside their jobs and focused only on campaigning.